She might be ferocious when it comes to her rhymes, but Ms Banks is one rapper who’s not afraid to take women to the top with her. In an age of diss tracks and fabricated beefs, lacing her grit with grace is what truly sets this South London hip-hop star apart from the rest.
Valuing the words and worth of the women around her has always played a key part in Ms Banks’ musical ascent. In a game that thrives on animosity between rap’s women, her public friendship with Minaj is a rarity. But this is an artist who cares about shining the spotlight on her peers, and she’s trying to quash that old-fashioned ideal. “I’m a strong believer of supporting women,” she stresses. “The industry thinks we should fight all for our space, but surely because there’s only a small percentage of [women in rap], we should work together even more?” She has a mantra she sticks to to remind herself of that: “Lighting your candle isn’t going to put out my fire.”